Are you are planning for your Congo safari tours in the Democratic Republic of Congo? Here is a list of reliable safari tours companies in Congo that can customize for your affordable Congo gorilla safaris in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Parks, Nyiragongo Hike Treks.
The above mentioned safari companies are locally African registered companies and operating in East and Central Africa – Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The have full right contacts with the Virunga Foundation and other agencies and they can book for you gorilla permits and other tourism services.
Please book a gorilla permit $ 400 USD high season and $ 200 USD low season (15th March – 15th May and 15th October – 15th December) in time like 3 month before your safari such that you avoid missing this experience the gateway in Africa.
Still these companies can arrange for you all the safari logistics like accommodation, transportation from Kigali to Goma border and within the Virunga, Democratic Republic of Congo Tourist Visa.
How to Arrange DR Congo Safari
If you are planning to visit Congo book through one of the reliable tour companies listed above and with their knowledgeable tour consultants will respond to your safari inquiry on time with a well detailed package and several price categories depending on which lodge you want to stay in.
Then to properly arrange your safari after booking and agreeing with the tour consultant advise and quote you will have to wire some deposit of money on the tour operator account arranging the safari as he or she has to pay to the Virunga Foundation for it to prove the booking of space.
After payment he will send you the Visa Application Forms you are supposed to fill and after send them back to him.
This document is further sent again to the Virunga Foundation for procession of your Visas and after issued them to the operator who will send them to you.
You have to present them at the Goma border with your valid passport and yellow fever vaccination card.
Then at the border you will find the Virunga Foundation Jeep and driver who will transfer you to the Virunga Foundation offices in Goma City and then from there the driver accompanied with rangers in your jeep transfer to the destination of the day in the Virunga National Park.
Virunga Safari Route
Today from your Virunga safari lodge, say from Mikeno Lodge or Kibumba Tented Camp the Virunga jeep will have to transfer you the Bukima Tented Camp point where the gorilla trekking experience starts from in the morning at around 09 am and in the Virunga National Park the gorilla trekking safari takes like 04 hours and after return to your lodge for your stay again and if staying at Mikeno Lodge you can spend your evening at the Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage Center, sanctuary where the gorilla conservation program is taking places and it is free if you are staying at the Mikeno Lodge.
Then if you are at Kibumba Camp you can walk to the nearby local communities and experience the cultural aspects of Democratic Republic of Congo.
Senkwekwe Gorilla Orphanage Center, sanctuary
Then if you are staying at the Bukma Tented Camp from the camp you can move to the starting gorilla trekking point in a few minutes.
Then the next day you have to travel from the previous point to the Kibati Patrol Point where the Nyiragongo Hiking Adventure starts from at 11 am and the hike takes 8 – 9 hours as you are required to take some stop overs for snacks, water and use bush wash rooms.
Then when you reach on the summit look at your back and you will a nice view of the Goma town and those traveling with us we provide you with the Mikeno Package which includes all your sleeping gears in the Nyiragongo shelters and dinner from our Mikeno chef.
Please each should have a Mikeno Package from the starting point and if you have energy carry it your self and if you are not strong enough hire a porter at $ 24 USD and the walking stick at $ 5 USD and for those you can find supermarkets before you come buy your self a folding stick that you can use and after take back home for your future hiking adventures.
Before you travel to Congo and you are in Rwanda or Uganda for your self drive holiday we have got some of the reliable car rental agencies which can offer you 4×4 cars to visit some of the tourists attractions in the above mentioned countries.
Most of the tourist Rwanda places to experience self drive include the Kigali city with it’s historical land marks and craft shops, Akagera National Park for the wildlife safari in Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest National Park where you can encounter chimpanzee trek, canopy walk and other nature walks which can offer you an opportunity of bird watching and butterflies.
Later you can explore the Butare and Kibuye cities known for cultural and community based tourism aspects.
After take the road tripping along Lake Kivu towards the Gisenyi beach town and here visit more community initiatives like the Aziz Life Experience and here you have an opportunity to interact with the local communities and why not visit to the Dancing pots and after travel to Musanze visiting the Musanze caves, Volcanoes National Park and the undulating twin Lakes (Burera and Ruhondo).
Then the 4×4 Car Hire Uganda offers the best car rental fleets for travelers always visiting Uganda National Parks and most of the vehicles offered include the 4×4 Rav4, Super Customs or Safari Vans and Land Cruiser Prado and for those going on long rental you we have your special rate.